Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Austin Smithard's "Battle of Waterloo"

When I think of England, I immediately think of fine dining. HAHAHAHAHAHA!! Oh, I’m such a kidder! But well, maybe I need to eat some crow (with Bovril?) on this one…

Austin Smithard, Aero director, is of English upbringing (and his teeth are nice, actually, thanks for asking). He recently met Chef Brendan Collins through mutual friends and after chatting for 10 minutes, they realized they both grew up in Nottingham and their grandfathers worked in the coal mines together. So the next logical step was that Austin should shoot a commercial and short documentary about Brendan’s new Gastropub, Waterloo & City in Culver City, CA.

Chef Brendan Collins

Waterloo & City's kitchen in action

2 nights and one Canon 5D, Austin shot a short documentary and the commercial. Now keep in mind that Austin has been in the trenches with Marines and has shot a documentary driving across the country on a bike… but he said nothing prepared him for how fast paced a kitchen is. (Or their hats...)


"Waterloo & City" is named after the London tube stop where Brendan started his culinary career, this new restaurant is his labor of love. He wanted to create a neighborhood hangout where you can enjoy a menu that’s sophisticated but that also compliments knocking back a pint or two. There’s a bit more fois gras and truffles than your Nottingham Granny would have used, but your nostalgia for British comfort food will be satisfied, plus your American friends will have a whole new appreciation for the fare.

Austin’s documentary and the commercial cut can be seen HERE. If you’re in Los Angeles/Culver City, stop by Waterloo & City on West Washington Blvd, below Centinela.  



Friday, June 3, 2011

Indrani Launches new Live-Action Reel

You’ve seen a lot of Indrani’s work in galleries, album covers and magazines (click here for a sample!), and now we’re happy to share Indrani's live-action director's reel

I don’t look that good on normal day, let along with a Steadicam strapped to me… Alas, with Indrani. everything is done in style. Complete with “don’t mess with me” boots.

Note the "Don't Mess With Me Boots."

As you may know, Indrani has an impressive background as a still photographer along side her co-talent, Markus Klinko and creative director/designer GK Reid. She ventured into live-action by shooting video along side her photo shoots and it was there that her reel was born and has been growing ever since. To date, she has already completed spots for The London Times, Keep A Child Alive, Ralph Lauren, Neiman Marcus, Nothing But Nets and Carol's Daughter (which launches at the end of the month).

Indrani is also a very well accomplished digital artist and does all the retouching on all MKI photo projects and will continue to do so in motion footage as well. This works perfectly alongside our NYC expansion of Aero Studios, which is a CGI/Animation and VFX boutique.

Please take a look at Indrani's reel HERE! We are so proud of Indrani and the distinctive style she brings to live-action directing. You can also read more about Indrani, her numerous credits and background HERE

I'd like to thank everyone who made Indrani's reel possible. She’s had amazing support from her stills team and Markus and GK.

Neiman Markus
Editor: Dayn Willians, Cut & Run  NY
Color, Conform, Beauty Cleanup: Scarlett NY



Keep a Child Alive
Editor: Eric Carlson, Hooligan
Color: Tom Poole, CO3 NY
Conform, Beauty Cleanup: Method Studios NYC and Indrani, Aero Studios


Ralph Lauren Polo
Editor: Sonejuhi Sinha, Final Cut NY
Audio: Mat Guido, Blast NY
Color, Conform: Sam O’Hare, Aero Studios
Beauty Cleanup: Indrani, Aero Studios



London Sunday Times

Editor: Eric Argiro, Union Editorial NY
Color, Conform, Beauty Cleanup: Eight VFX LA



Nothing But Nets

Editor: Georgia Dodson, Cut & Run NY
Music: Finger Music, NY
Audio: Gerard Collins, Blast NY
Color, Conform, Beauty Cleanup: Indrani, Aero Studios

Have a great weekend!  

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